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levee1

[lev-ee] /ˈlɛv i/
noun
1.
an embankment designed to prevent the flooding of a river.
2.
Geology. natural levee.
3.
Agriculture. one of the small continuous ridges surrounding fields that are to be irrigated.
4.
History/Historical. a landing place for ships; quay.
verb (used with object), leveed, leveeing.
5.
to furnish with a levee:
to levee a treacherous stream.
Origin of levee1
1710-1720
1710-20, Americanism; < French levée < Medieval Latin levāta embankment, noun use of feminine past participle of Latin levāre to raise, orig. lighten, akin to levis light, not heavy
Can be confused
levee, levy.
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levee1

/ˈlɛvɪ/
noun (US)
1.
an embankment alongside a river, produced naturally by sedimentation or constructed by man to prevent flooding
2.
an embankment that surrounds a field that is to be irrigated
3.
a landing place on a river; quay
Word Origin
C18: from French, from Medieval Latin levāta, from Latin levāre to raise

levee2

/ˈlɛvɪ; ˈlɛveɪ/
noun
1.
a formal reception held by a sovereign just after rising from bed
2.
(in Britain) a public court reception for men, held in the early afternoon
Word Origin
C17: from French, variant of lever a rising, from Latin levāre to raise
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Word Origin and History for leveed

levee

n.

1719, "natural or artificial embankment to prevent overflow of a river," from New Orleans French levée "raising, lifting; embankment," from French, originally fem. past participle of lever "to raise," from Latin levare "to raise" (see lever).

"morning assembly held by a prince or king (upon rising from bed)," 1670s, from French lever "a raising," noun use of verb meaning "to raise" (see levee (n.1)).

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leveed in Science
levee
  (lěv'ē)   
  1. A long ridge of sand, silt, and clay built up by a river along its banks, especially during floods.

  2. An artificial embankment along a rivercourse or an arm of the sea, built to protect adjoining land from inundation.


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